By Deirdre Imus
Like a bear coming out of hibernation, we too are beginning to emerge from winter’s darkness into spring’s light. And just as a bear cautiously reintroduces his body to a nourishing environment, so we must turn to healthy activities that feed our soul and give us new life in this season of renewal.
Below are the seven steps I hope you’ll follow this spring to clean your body and your home:
1. Clean Your Body—With Foods, Of Course!
As the weather turns warmer, the delicious spring and summer bounties of fruits and vegetables will be available at your local farmer’s market or supermarket. Throw together a fresh, organic salad comprised of leeks, dandelions, purslane, sage, mint, cabbage and watercress. Another great, green salad combination includes chicory, radicchio, cucumbers and parsley. All of these leafy delights are packed with nutrients and taste and won’t weigh you down. For those chilly spring nights, consider a bean soup using dark and delicious mung beans, which are packed with antioxidants, and throw some leeks in there for good measure.
2. Drink Lots of Filtered Water
As in every other season, hydrating your body is as important in springtime as ever. Spring is the time of natural hydration for the earth (April showers, anyone?), so make sure you stay hydrated, particularly if you’re taking advantage of the nice weather with a new outdoor exercise regimen. Water helps moisturize the air in the lungs, which are particularly vulnerable to pollen and other allergy irritants this time of year.
3. Shake Up Your Makeup
Just like the foods in your fridge, the makeup in your purse has an expiration date, and using makeup that’s gone bad is bad news. Throw out those old mascaras, foundations, eyeliners, and lipsticks, and replace them with non-toxic brands that won’t potentially cause breakouts, rashes or worse. Even better, go through all your personal care products—from lotions to shampoos to perfumes—and toss anything that might be past its prime.
4. Wade Through Your Wardrobe
You know that sweater you haven’t worn in three winters, or the coat that’s been nesting in the back of your closet since 1998?